U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
January 20, 2022
Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Transatlantic Quad Foreign Ministers
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, and UK Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa and North America James Cleverly. They discussed recent diplomatic engagements with Russia and joint efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine, including Allies’ and partners’ readiness to impose massive consequences and severe economic costs on Russia for such actions. Secretary Blinken affirmed our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Secretary and his counterparts also reiterated the urgency of reaching an understanding on mutual return to full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action before developments in Iran’s nuclear program foreclose the possibility.